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Multiple Monitor Support

REM955
  • 2 months ago

I am looking ahead at my next build trying to do some research on the best way to handle multiple monitors. It sounds excessive, but the count is 6 in a 2 rows of 3.

I am looking at 2 video cards to support this at least, but then the question becomes how. The two options so far: 1: Video cards with 3 HDMI ports. 2: Mix and match ports 3: External splitter hardware

Any opinions?

Here's the other odd part: most of the games I play actually don't support the multiple screens (yet). They are really for work, personal and professional. What would the effect be like if I bought a lesser video card for the upper row versus two of the same?

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how big your monitors are, what resolution you want to go with or your budget but have you ever looked at these https://pcpartpicker.com/products/monitor/#r=512001440,384001080 monitors? Thats alot of screenspace with lesser cables.

But if you want 6 monitors or already have them you could go with 1 of these https://www.sapphiretech.com/en/gpro-explore for the monitors you do work with and a gpu for the monitors you game with. I think it should work not 100% sure tho.

You could also daisy chain 2-3 monitors on 1 hdmi port like https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/a8630012 same with display port https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/a7843262

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is there not an issue when you daisy chain with performance? I can't find a consumer link for sapphire tech, so maybe not that route. I do not have the monitors. It is only considered the current plan as with an odd number of monitors I always have a center monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do NVidia, you can span one display over all 6 screens. Also, doesnt DP allow you to Daisy chain monitors? so if you have a card with 2 DP jacks you can plug 3 into each one... Right? Not totally sure on that, just an idea

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

As above, what sort of hit do I take when daisy-chaining? I was under the impression that DP (DisplayPort?) was slower than HDMI. How much different I can't seem to confirm.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't think speed is an issue, but bandwidth might be. It depends on what hardware version you have.

DP 1.4a (standard on video cards): 32.4 Gbps

HDMI 2.0: 14.4 Gbps

You need 5 Gbps for each 1080 display, so DP could do it, HDMI is going to fall short. 4k is a different story tho...

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